LOS ANGELES CITY HALL - Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell on Wednesday introduced a resolution that calls on numerous video streaming services to end their commercial affiliation and contractual partnership with the NRA and NRATV.
The resolution calls out video streaming services such as YOUTUBE, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV, to name a few. These services have contractural ties to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and NRATV to air its programming. NRATV has over 8 million followers on YOUTUBE and has a major presence on Amazon PRIME and Apple TV.
“While the majority of Americans favor common sense gun laws, the NRATV is working to normalize violence and promote a dangerous gun culture.” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “The public would benefit from the City Council calling for the end of NRATV across all streaming platforms that feature personalities who describe and advocate for an armed uprising against the media while opposing common sense gun safety policy.”
"With the recent tragedy in New Zealand, we have seen how quickly violent content spreads through social media and internet platforms, where hate-filled ideology and false information can get amplified instantaneously," said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who seconded the resolution. "Streaming services should act responsibly and must help prevent the normalization of violence and inflammatory rhetoric, and the content and messaging of NRA TV too often fails to meet that measure of responsibility."
Gallup published statistical data showing that an overwhelming number of Americans favor common sense laws such as universal background checks for gun purchases, and closure of loopholes that allow for easy sidestep of disclosure laws. Another Gallup surveys show a majority of Americans think that hate speech and propaganda are a major contributor to mass shootings.
“It’s long past time for tech leaders to do the right thing and stop helping the NRA spread its dangerous agenda,” said Samantha Dorf, a Los Angeles-area volunteer with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “NRATV is home to the NRA’s most dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda and tech leaders need to stop giving the NRA a platform to spread hate and violence. We applaud the City Council for introducing this resolution today.”
Numerous public campaigns and petitions have called for video streaming platforms to be more responsible and sever ties to the NRA. A recent change.org petition of approximately 350,000 signatures calls for Amazon Prime to sever its ties with NRATV.
The resolution was also signed by Council President Herb Wesson, Jr., and Councilwoman Nury Martinez.